A certified nurse aide helps care for ill, injured, disabled and/or infirm individuals in nursing homes. Under the supervision of nursing and medical staff, nurse aides answer patient 'call bells,' deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat, dress and bathe. Aides may provide skin care to patients, take temperatures, pulse and respiration, and help patients walk and get in and out of bed. Nurse aides observe patients' mental, physical and emotional conditions and report changes to the nursing and medical staff. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to challenge a Certified Nurses Aide exam that consists of two parts: 1) a Clinical Skills exam (practical portion); and 2) a Written (oral) exam.
Basics of Being a Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Core Values of Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Safety and Emergency Procedures, including Heimlich maneuver
Promoting Resident’s Independence,
Respecting Residents’ Rights,
Maintaining Care & Security of Residents’ personal possessions,
Avoiding the need for restraints
Basic Nursing Skills
Taking and recording vital signs.
Measuring and recording height and weight.
Caring for the residents’ environment.
Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of reporting such changes to a supervisor.
Freedom from pain.
Care of the Dying Patient/Resident.
Personal Care Skills
Overview for personal care.
Bathing, Grooming/Care of Hair, Mouth & Teeth, Nails, Ears.
Dressing, Toileting, Assisting with eating and hydration, Proper feeding techniques.
Skin care and Alternations in Skin. Transfers, positioning, and turning, Ambulation.
Sleep and Rest Needs: (a) Activity, Rest and Exercise (b) Sleep Patterns and Disturbances.
Mental Health and Social Services needs
Developmental task that occur with the aging Process.
How to respond to resident behaviors.
Modifying aide’s behavior in response to resident’s behavior.
Allowing the resident to make personal choices, providing and reinforcing other behavior consistent with the resident’s dignity.
Family as a source of emotional support.
Care of Residents with Special Needs
Dealing with the Cognitively Impaired Resident.
Communicating with cognitively impaired residents.
Basic Restorative Services
Training the resident in self-care according to the resident’s abilities.
Use of assistive devices in transferring, ambulating, eating and dressing.
Maintenance of range of motion.
Proper turning and positioning in bed and chairs.
Care and use of prosthetic and orthodontic devices.
Hours: 136 Hrs
Class Hours 101 Hrs
Internship in a RHCF 30 Hrs
Career Preparation 5 Hrs
A clock hour equals one class period of 60 minutes of lecture or practice
The student will be provided with MetroCard transportation in the Externship part of the nursing program, which will require 30 hours in an affiliated nursing home or hospital. We will attempt to accommodate the student’s scheduling in the enrollment agreement.
Nurses Aide/Nursing Assistant (CNA)
05 Hours a Day 04 Days a week